Titanium hybrid mimics natural bone
Callaghan Innovation researchers have created advanced new materials based on titanium that are designed to meet the needs of a broad range of sectors from biomedical implants to aerospace engineering and beyond.
Dr Ian Brown from Callaghan Innovation says industry-focused research carried out by the New Zealand Titanium Technologies Platform ( TiTeNZ) has led to the creation of new titanium materials with properties that promise to add significant value to high value exports in a range of key sectors.
He says the team, working closely with the Titanium Industry Development Association, has made significant advances in the processing of titanium powder to create materials with highly controlled porosity, greatly improving the ability to control the qualities of titanium alloys in order to produce lightweight, durable structures ideal for advanced engineering applications.
New materials range from those that mimic natural bone-like structures for biomedical implant design, to custom structures created using 3D laser printing methods, with a range of applications.
Dr Brown says Callaghan Innovation is in discussions with potential partners for uptake of the new materials, which have been developed so their properties can be altered according to customer’s needs.